Archive for June, 2011

A Successfully Modern Take <br/>on Old-fashioned Fun

A Successfully Modern Take
on Old-fashioned Fun

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For more than 80 years, bumper cars have been a staple attraction at amusement parks and FECs.  At one time, bumper cars were considered an adult ride because of height and weight restrictions, but now, new designs have made bumper cars easy and safe to operate for almost all age groups. A leading company behind […]

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Pilot Program: Inside the Popular Simulators at Wonderworks

Pilot Program: Inside the Popular Simulators at Wonderworks

June 1, 2011 No Comments

At Wonderworks in Orlando, Fla., visitors can take a trip like never before. The popular space exhibition – which attracts tourists from around the world each season – includes not only a replica of the Mercury capsule with a control panel and large astronaut suit, but it also features full-motion MaxFlight simulators that give everyone […]

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Providing the Right Mix of Attractions and Special Party Offers at Family Entertainment Centers

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Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) offer a variety of activities for all ages. The Roller Skating Association International has many members who own and operate FECs. Scott Drummond, Party Center Software, and former FEC owner with 11 years experience, offered a few tips in regard to planning an expansion into the FEC world. “You need to […]

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Safety and Security: How Bowling Centers Get Serious About Ensuring Fun

June 1, 2011 No Comments

From adult-oriented options, such as midnight bowling, to creative parties for kids, bowling center operators continue to devise programs aimed at attracting and pleasing visitors. But while ensuring that customers have fun while visiting their facilities is important, so, too, is keeping guests safe at all times. “It’s paramount, because it can make or break […]

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Could 71 Million People Be Wrong?

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Bowling’s Place in Your Family Entertainment Center Bowling, 71 million participants strong, continues to be America’s number one participation sport.  Positioned as an activity that has broad appeal across all demographic categories, bowling is in an enviable spot compared to many other recreation options. According to Simmons Research, over 9,867,000 children ages 6 to 11 […]

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Funovation Unveils Location in the Philippines

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There is a new Funovation Laser Maze Challenge™ installation in Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines.  All of Funovation’s locations are 100 percent unique, and this one features a creative design.

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Hurricane Simulators Hit Europe with United Kingdom Installation

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With now more than 100 machines in the United States and Canada, Hurricanewimulator.com it taking this popular and profitable revenue-share kiosk worldwide with their first installation in the United Kingdom. Recent installations in the United States include the 43rd Bounce U location, three NASCAR Speed Parks, the Carnegie Science Center, Six Flags, Kemah’s Boardwalk and […]

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Digital Centre Introduces the New Party’n’Go Photo Booth

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Digital Centre, “The Worldwide Photo Manufacturers,” is again breaking the usual photo booth mold with its New Party’n’Go Photo Booth. Designed for easy transportation with a bundle of exclusive features and solutions, this product is ready to ship. Party’n’Go is easy to transport, has a vertical 22-inch touch screen, Automatic Rental Timer™ and Photo Booth Rental […]

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June 2011

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The Large Park Report Higher Gas Prices: The 2011 Season Outlook for Florida Amusement Parks While some local parks do benefit from higher gas prices because vacationers generally end up staying closer to home to save money, even local parks suffer increased operating costs whenever energy prices rise. Business Strategies For Optimists, the Recovering Economy […]

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TAP’s New Online Look

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Tourist Attractions & Parks’ online presence continues to grow, and we hope you will visit the magazine’s redesigned Web site at www.tapmag.com. The site features more informative stories in addition to what is offered in the print version, as well as an archive of our weekly eNewsletter and a new leisure entertainment business management blog […]

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Sponsors

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Spectrum
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